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Will of George Lash
This is the last will and testament of me George Lash of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Confectioner. I revoke all former wills and codicils by me at any time made. I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be first paid, my partnership debts will of course be paid by my brother and partner Jeffrey Lash with whom I have been concerned in business under the firm of J.& G. Lash. I give devise and bequeath all my property estate and effects of every description and kind and wheresoever situate to my said brother Jeffrey and my dear wife Marianne whom I appoint executors of this my will upon the terms and for the purposes and trusts hereinafter declared and subject to this direction that is to say- I direct that the joint business between myself and brother shall be carried on by him and under his management and controul for such time and in such manner as he may think proper and as we have heretofore done and Upon Trust that my said wife shall have the use of my share or portion of household furniture interest money dividends rents profits and advantages derivable from my property for herself and the maintenance support and education of our children as she and my said brother may think most conducive to their respective interests in life and after her death or marrying again in either of which events all her claim and interest shall cease all my said property estate and effects shall be held in trust for the said children share and share alike and to the survivors in the event of the death of any under the age of twenty one years without leaving issue such issue to take the share of deceased parent and when the said children shall have attained the age aforesaid he and she or lawful issue shall be entitled to the respective shares aforesaid.
Witness my hand and seal at Saint John's aforesaid this twenty second day of February Anno Domini eighteen hundred and sixty eight.
George Lash (LS) Signed published and declared by the above named testator as for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto signed our names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other. F. Weston Carter, Joseph Wilson.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.
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